We had the good fortune of connecting with Kym Kral and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kym, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
The most important factor behind my success is my absolute honesty and transparency. I am my brand and my supporters follow me because I am always 100% honest, no matter how awkward or unflattering. I received one of the biggest compliments today after releasing the newest episode of my podcast Kral Space from a listener who said, “You lay your heart out like an open book. It takes guts.” When building my business and career I made a promise to myself that I would always be honest. Say the quiet parts out loud so people would feel less alone. Being a human can feel so isolating at times and I know I can definitely feel terminally and hopelessly unique, which makes me feel so alone, especially in the times we are living in. So if I can open up about the weird and ugly maybe, just maybe, I will help someone feel less alone. Which to me means I have succeeded in ways that I never imagined.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a standup comedian. I have a podcast “Kral Space,” that is about to also go LIVE at Dash Comedy Radio. As I’ve said, what sets me apart is my honesty. People in my professional life say I have “real balls.” I’m fearless. I will say the stuff we all go through shamefully in private out loud and to LOTS of people. It’s definitely not easy. Being authentically yourself I think is always a challenge. We live in a society that preaches self-love and confidence but then chastises those who actually do it. I’m a female in a boy’s world and up until recently it wasn’t all too uncommon to hear “You’re funny for a girl,” or to be introduced when getting on stage not with my multiple achievements but how “hot” I am. It feels diminishing to what I have to say. Like “this skirt needs to do some talking, she’s nice to look at so you won’t be too bored.” I’m lucky that many HILARIOUS women before me have paved a way so that now that awful behavior and thought process is shunned and mocked. WOMEN ARE HILARIOUS!!! So, what do I want the world to know about my brand? That I, no matter how awkward and clunky, will always be authentic and real.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I have always been a terrible planner. Always a fly by the seat of my pants type of broad. We would definitely do some hiking. There are so many beautiful trails that show parts of the city out-of-towners wouldn’t believe were seconds away from Hollywood Blvd, like Griffith Park Observatory and The Hollywood Reservoir. I have a bunch of places I love to eat and drink. Elbow Room on Cahuenga is an awesome East coast pizza joint with the best froze you have ever had! Then head down to Kitchen 24 for a hip diner type experience. Bonus: these two places are owned by dear friends of mine and what they have created in terms of ambience and delicious food and drink is unbelievable. I’m so proud. And then I’d take them to things like the La Brea Tar Pits and LACMA. Parts of the city you don’t necessarily visit while living here and you for sure take for granted. Then I always want to go to the cheesey places that are too embarrassing to admit you’re curious about, like Ripley’s Believe It Or Not and The Hollywood Wax Museum. I think that’d cover a week? Right? And definitely force them to come watch me doing comedy all over town, or come to the Dash Studios to watch a live recording of my show.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Oh wow. This is a tough one. I have been lucky enough to surround myself with people that believed in me and my dream to the point that I sometimes am overwhelmed by the love I have been fortunate enough to receive. I had a very rocky and traumatic childhood. It was ingrained in me at a pretty young age that I wasn’t good enough and that I didn’t have a voice worthy enough to be heard. It has taken years of therapy and 12 step recovery programs to rewire those tapes in my brain. So the 12 step movement has definitely changed my life and deserves some massive credit there. I am incredibly grateful to have found it. I also have a group of individuals that have picked me up over the years when I didn’t think I could move forward. I lost 8 people that I was very close to in a 3 year period a while back and the humans in my life that picked me up when I didn’t think it was possible to keep going get LOTS of credit. My best friend Katie Stephens, who is a mom of soon to be two, and a full time nurse. Mark O’Donnell (my other best friend) who has helped lift the burden of my childhood and past off of my shoulders for the better part of 20 years. He taught me what love is and how friends treat each other. Whitney Melton, who is a talented comedian and writer is probably my biggest fan. He once traveled back to LA from Denver with me in a U-Haul filled with my dead father’s belongings when I knew I couldn’t make that trip alone. Bonus he had prearranged a few comedians to wait at my place for us to help unload said U-Haul. No way I could have walked through that alone. And countless others. Lists are so hard for me because I know I will forget someone. Like, as I’m writing this I got a text from my friend Ali Kuraishy, checking in to see if I am doing ok. He’s a man I met on Craigslist 17 years ago when he was looking for a roommate, and who I now call family. Kai Zander, a writer and business woman who is gutsy and present and brave, who pushes me and supports me and sometimes just lets me cry, because sometimes you just need to do that. The list could go on and on (if you’re reading this and think I have forgotten you, please know that I have not, I’m sure this article just doesn’t want page after page of all the humans that have lifted me up through the years. Believe me, there are many.) So many mentors in comedy. Men and women that have taken the time to talk to me about which direction to go next when I was feeling so lost. Marcus King and Sara Jackson who have taken on my new show, “Kral Space” at Dash Comedy Radio, and believe in me so much it makes it hard for me not to believe in myself. They push me to go outside of my comfort zone so often I feel like I’m going insane. Everyone needs a Sara and Marcus in their life. I am so lucky. Ok, if this was an Oscar speech you would be playing me off with music now. I am just so incredibly grateful for all the love and support I have received over the years with my professional and personal struggles. I’m moved to tears while writing this.
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